PEORIA — Eighteen members of the Illinois National Guard 182nd Airlift Wing Security Forces in Peoria left Thursday morning for Washington, D.C., to help secure the U.S. Capitol ahead of the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday activated around 200 Illinois guardsmen to provide additional security on Inauguration Day.
That includes around 100 military police soldiers with the 404th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade’s 33rd Military Police Battalion, based in Bloomington, a small medical team, and security forces airmen with the 183rd Wing based in Springfield and the 126th Air Refueling Wing based at Scott Air Force Base.
It has been an unprecedented year for guard operations, officials with the 182nd Airlift Wing said. The state called on the guard for help on multiple occasions, including activating 43 guard members during the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and civil disobedience missions, and placed on watch for potential flooding.
Photos: Illinois National Guardsmen deploy to Washington, D.C., for inauguration
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